Folk Classification for French Colonial Artifacts, focusing on Kettles @ The History Center
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Archaeologists have standard classification systems for organizing, analyzing, and talking about artifacts. But what did the users, makers, or traders call the same items? How did they think of them? This talk will provide background for discovering “folk classifications” used by 18th-century French traders and military personnel for artifacts found at posts in New France, like Fort Ouiatenon, then kettles will be examined as an example.
Join Dr. Misty Jackson of Arbre Croche Cultural Resources LLC for this exciting program!
This will be a hybrid program, with a Zoom link available one day before the event.
Public Archaeology at Fort St. Joseph: Some Dos and Don’ts @ The History Center
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The discovery, investigation, and interpretation of Fort St. Joseph since 1998 has depended on collaboration with community groups at the local, state, and regional levels. In this presentation, Prof. Michael S. Nassaney, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Western Michigan University and Principal Investigator of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, discusses the benefits and challenges of public archaeology and suggests some strategies for creating sustainable partnerships. The goal is to highlight best practices that may be applicable to other archaeological projects, including future work at Fort Ouiatenon.

This will be a hybrid presentation, both in-person and via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on our website the day before the program. 

7/27/08 The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project held an open house at the site of the excavation site. Photo by John Lacko